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Welcome to our website, our work, and our passion. The St. Louis Times has been "publishing with purpose" since our debut in 1994. We started as a monthly newsmagazine committed to "doing some good for older adults," and helping the professionals who work with them. Along the way we’ve published numerous products, hosted over 100 events, and participated or sponsored various endeavors consistent with our mission. We’ve been honored with over 25 local and National Mature Media Awards and have been recognized as a valuable, community-wide media source. To learn more about our comprehensive Seniors' Resource Guide, and why it's the #1 publication of its kind, scroll through the menu options above. To submit news items (which appear below) or to subscribe to St. Louis Times Express, our bi-weekly e-newsletter that gets emailed to over 5,000 subscribers, see the menu choices above. We hope you appreciate and value our work and this website, but most of all our areas older adults.

LOCAL NEWS

Employment

FULL TIME MEDICARE AGENT
An independent insurance and financial services firm is seeking a full-time, Medicare Agent. Expected duties include: Strong verbal and written communication skills, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, new and current client correspondence, able to maintain a high-level of confidentiality, prioritize and follow through on customer service issues in a timely manner, schedule appointments and meetings, organize and expedite flow of work through office, initiate follow-up action, able to multi-task regarding numerous insurance company regulations and procedures, able to pass certification exams from Medicare insurance companies, prepares documents for Medicare insurance.  A Bachelor's degree is required. Preferred Attributes: licensed in insurance – Life and Health, or be open to becoming licensed, experience with client databases.  A minimum of two years sales experience is required.  Salary compensation along with performance-based bonus. Excellent benefits package provided. Send cover letter and resume, via email only, to
jobs@hovisandassociates.com.

Jeannie Brooks, jobs@hovisandassociates.com, Hovis & Associates, 636-937-4343

 

CERTIFIED MEDICAL TECHNICANS
We are seeking evening and night shift Certified Medical Technicians (CMT's) to provide health care services to residents of a 90 unit Assisted Living Center and 15 unit Memory Care Community in St. Louis, MO.

Angela Miller, amiller@provisionliving.com, Provision Living at St. Louis Hills, 314-647-6600, www.provisionliving.com

 

SCHEDULING COORDINATOR
Full time Scheduling Coordinator. Due to our growth, SHC has an immediate full time Regional Scheduling Supervisor position opening. This job is part of a team that is responsible for assuring client needs are satisfied with compatible and capable caregivers. This position involves matching compatible caregivers with clients, coordinating caregiver availability with scheduling needs, and communicate scheduling with the client's caregivers. During assigned times, this position will provide after-hour phone support for SHC phone lines outside normal day-time work hours. To apply visit our
https://seniorshomecare.applicantpro.com/jobs.     

Wendi Bottoms, wendi@seniorshomecare.com, Seniors Home Care, LLC, 314-962-2666, www.seniorshomecare.com

 

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT AND HOME HEALTH AIDES
Experienced Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) and Home Health Aides (HHA) needed. Employment Require two or more  years’ experience caring for the elderly, reliable means of self-transportation, ability to effectively read, write and speak English, valid Driver’s License, auto insurance and a good driving record, and successfully pass background screening and drug testing. Benefits include competitive wages paid based on experience, training and continuing education for all employees, one-on-one care with clients (to foster meaningful relationships), flexible work schedules, a stable company, friendly, supportive work environment, and employee appreciation events, workplace focused on ethics and care for the elderly, 24-hour on-call registered nurse support, awards and recognition for outstanding performance.  Visit our website to apply or join us at our Hiring Open House, Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 504 Marshall Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119.

Wendi Bottoms, wendi@seniorshomecare.com, Seniors Home Care, LLC, 314-962-2666, www.seniorshomecare.com

 

LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
We are seeking a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to provide health care services to residents of a 90 unit assisted living and 15 unit memory care community in St. Louis, MO. Shift available is from: 6:30 a.m. to  3:00 p.m., weekends included.

Angela  Miller, amiller@provisionliving.com, Provision Living at St. Louis Hills, 314-647-6600, www.provisionliving.com

Honors & Recognition

BEST BUSINESS OF CHESTERFIELD AWARD

Saint Louis Concierge has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Chesterfield Award in the Personal Assistants category by the Best Businesses of Chesterfield Award Program. Each year, the Best Businesses of Chesterfield Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their community and business. The Award Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of businesses throughout the Chesterfield area. Recognition is given to companies that have shown best practices and implemented programs to generate advantages and long-term value.

Joseph White, concierge@stlconcierge.com, Saint Louis Concierge, 314-399-2223, www.stlconcierge.com

Arts & Entertainment

JANUARY 15 to MARCH 31

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at City of Chesterfield City Hall
The City of Chesterfield will be hosting an Art Exhibit at City Hall from January 15 through March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) and features two-dimensional artwork, including paintings, mixed media and photographs from established regional artists Mark Witzling, Jeane Vogel and sculptures from Paul Bayer. The artist’s full bios are available at www.chesterfield.mo.us.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9523, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

JANUARY 28 TO MARCH 17

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Kirkwood Community Center
Folk Song Sing-A-Long Brought to you in partnership with the Folk School of KDHX! Each week, learn about and sing different periods of folk music. Come and join the living tradition with this fun class that will explore old and new folk songs! Thursday, January 28 to March 17, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fee is $65 for 8 sessions. Register today by calling 314-862-4859, ext. 24. St. Louis OASIS www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl

 

FEBRUARY 1

6:00 p.m. at Sunnyhill.
Discover Scotland Travel Presentation on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Sunnyhill Inc., 11140 South Towne Square, St. Louis. Join Sunnyhill Adventures Camp Director, Rob Darroch, for an experience you won’t soon forget! Rob’s passion for helping individuals with disabilities brought him from his hometown in Scotland to Sunnyhill many years ago. This unforgettable tour of the stunning country will depart on September 3, 2016 for 10 days. Sunnyhill will be the recipient of a portion of the proceeds raised from this exciting opportunity. Please join us for a free informational meeting to learn more about Discover Scotland, hosted by Colette. Please RSVP to Amy Moore at 314-845-3900 or amoore@sunnyhillinc.org.

Amy Moore, amoore@sunnyhillinc.org, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900, www.sunnnyhillinc.org

 

FEBRUARY 1

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Chesterfield City Hall
Costumes by Edith Head: Part 2 with Mary Saputo on Monday, February 1, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Chesterfield City Hall.  Fee of $10. Join us for the second part of an unforgettable walk through Old Hollywood with Edith Head, the iconic costume designer whose list of clients reads like a Who’s Who of an era gone by. To register, visit
www.oasisnet.org/stl or call 314-862-4869.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9523, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

FEBRUARY 1 and 15, MARCH 7 and 21, APRIL 4 and 18, MAY 2 and 16

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Chesterfield City Hall
Join in the examination of Chesterfield issues, St. Louis County issues, St. Louis issues, and if we get time, we’ll also solve U.S. and world problems. Chesterfield Men’s Roundtable with Daniel Steinmeyer and Bill Ballard are the facilitators.  The group meets the first and third Mondays of each month; Monday, February 1 & 15, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Chesterfield City Hall. Fee of $12.  To register, visit
www.oasisnet.org/stl or call 314-862-4869.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9523, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

FEBRUARY 5

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Chesterfield City Hall
Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts will host an Artist Reception on Friday, February 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Chesterfield City Hall, located at 690 Chesterfield Parkway West, 63017. The reception will offer an intimate setting for art enthusiasts to meet the artists and an opportunity to discuss the inspiration behind their artwork. The event is free to attend and light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. To R.S.V.P., call Sukanya Mani at 636-812-9523 or email her at smani@chesterfield.mo.us   by Friday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9523, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

FEBRUARY 10

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at West County Family YMCA
Valentine BINGO Senior Sizzler.  Wednesday, February 10, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West County Family YMCA.  Free Love is in the air and so is a little friendly competition! Join us for the Valentine BINGO Senior Sizzler! Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield will call the game and hand out prizes to the winners. Light refreshments will also be provided. To reserve your seat, call 636-532-3100. Sponsored by Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield & Chesterfield Villas.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9523, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

FEBRUARY 11

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Chase Park Plaza
Your Move Chess is a program implementing after-school chess in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and other schools in the St. Louis area. Together, we can improve overall community wellness by stimulating the minds of youth. Featuring appearances by chess grandmasters and musical entertainment from Brian Owens and The Deacons of Soul. Tickets and event sponsorship opportunities available. Individual Ticket - $150, Pair of Tickets - $250. Contact
evan.goodman@ascension.org  for questions or more information. Located at the Chase Park Plaza on February 11, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Register online at www.saintlouischessclub.org/yourmovechess.

Evan Goodman, evan.goodman@ascension.org, Ascension, 314-733-8869, https://saintlouischessclub.org/YourMoveChess

 

FEBRUARY 19 TO 21

Trout Lodge
Ladies, join us for our very popular Women's Wellness Weekend February 19 to 21. Enjoy your choices of over 60 classes, awesome evening group activities, lodging and 3 buffet-style meals per day, all for one inclusive price. There will also be vendors for shopping and the Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Bus will be at Trout Lodge on February 20th, optionally available for anyone who is due for their mammogram. Trout Lodge is located only 60-90 minutes south of St. Louis. For you who do so much for others, it's time to pamper yourself as you celebrate mind, body and spirit with other women as you spend a motivational, educational and relaxing weekend. Come alone or with other female friends and family members. Go to
www.troutlodge.org/event/womens-wellness-weekend  for a list of classes, events, pricing and registration. You can also email melissa.difiori@gwrymca.org  or call 888-FUN-YMCA to have a registration form mailed to you.

Melissa Di Fiori, melissa.difiori@gwrymca,org, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622, www.troutlodge.org  

 

FEBRUARY 20

6:00 p.m. at Five Star Senior Center
Trivia Night Saturday February 20th, Five Star Senior Center 2832 Arsenal St. Doors and silent auction open at 6:00 p.m. Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $25.00 per person or tables of 8 $200.00 Limited to first 28 tables paid in full.  Price includes beer, soda and light snacks. For more information contact Mike at 314-664-1008 Proceeds benefit Five Star Senior Center.

Michael Howard, fcoac@swbell.net, Five Star Senior Center, 314-664-1008, http://www.5starcc.org/

 

FEBRUARY 25

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Chesterfield City Hall
Take an Art Tour of Chesterfield City Hall with Sukanya Mani, City Art Coordinator.   Thursday, February 25, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free.  Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the latest art exhibit at City Hall. The exhibit’s curator will give a history of the artist and provide context plus an artist’s perspective on each piece. To register, visit
www.oasisnet.org/stl or call 314-862-4869.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9523, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

FEBRUARY 26

7:00 p.m. at St. Lucas Lutheran Church
Trivia Night to Benefit Sunnyhill on Friday, February 26, 2016. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. at St. Lucas Lutheran Church, 7100 Morganford Road, St. Louis. Tables are $200 for 10 players or $20 per person. $150 Round Sponsors are available. Test your knowledge for a great cause! All proceeds will benefit Sunnyhill, a non-profit organization creating opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information contact Amy at amoore@sunnyhillinc.org  or call 314-845-3900. Visit our website at www.sunnyhillinc.org.

Amy Moore, amoore@sunnyhillinc.org, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900, www.sunnnyhillinc.org

 

APRIL 24

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Legends Golf Club
Jim Hart Celebrity Dinner Party Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Legends Golf Club, 625 The Legends Pkwy, Eureka. The Celebrity Dinner Party will kick-off the 9th Annual Jim Hart Celebrity Golf Classic, to be held the following day. Attendees will enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment by legendary soul singer, Theo Peoples of the Four Tops and Temptations. Spend the evening with celebrities such as Jim Hart, Roger Wehrli and others who have come together to show their support for Sunnyhill, a non-profit organization creating opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Sponsorships and individual tickets available. Contact Luke Mraz at lmraz@sunnyhillinc.org  or 314-845-3900 for more information. Visit our website at www.sunnyhillinc.org.

Amy Moore, amoore@sunnyhillinc.org, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900, www.sunnnyhillinc.org

 

APRIL 25

8:30 a.m. at The Legends Golf Club
9th Annual Jim Hart Celebrity Golf Classic Monday, April 25, 2016 at The Legends Golf Club, 625 The Legends Pkwy, Eureka.  Registration 8:30 a.m.  Shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. The Jim Hart Celebrity Golf Classic is a two-day event benefitting Sunnyhill, a non-profit organization that continues to create opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Sponsors committing at the $2,500+ level will receive participation in the tournament, a practice round with celebrities on Sunday, April 24, 2016 and tickets to attend the Celebrity Dinner Party held at The Legends following the practice round. Contact Luke Mraz at lmraz@sunnyhillinc.org  or 314-845-3900 for more information. Visit our website at www.sunnyhillinc.org.

Amy Moore, amoore@sunnyhillinc.org, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900, www.sunnnyhillinc.org

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
Sippin for Sunnyhill on Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, 1200 Lynch Street, St. Louis. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Admission fee of $50 per person includes appetizers and four-hour open bar featuring over 30 Anheuser-Busch products. Enjoy participating in the Sunnyhill Grand Prix, Silent Auction, Liquor Raffle, 50/50 Drawing and a whole lot of fun! Only 200 tickets available. For more information contact Amy at amoore@sunnyhillinc.org  or call 314-845-3900. Visit our website at www.sunnyhillinc.org.

Amy Moore, amoore@sunnyhillinc.org, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900, www.sunnnyhillinc.org

Announcements

FEBRUARY 3

6:00 p.m. at 2315 Dougherty Ferry Road

Don’t let knee pain hold you back. Makoplasty ® robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve knee pain and restore range of motion. This surgery preserves healthy bone and tissue, typically resulting in a shorter hospital stay with a faster recovery time. Learn more at an upcoming seminar. Call 1-888-457-5203 to register. Seminars held in building 2315 Dougherty Ferry Road at 6;00 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:00 p.m. with Matthew Bradley, MD, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m. with Scott Zehnder, MD.

Simone Valle, simone.valle@tenethealth.com, Des Peres Hospital, 314-966-9695

 

FEBRUARY 5

Celebrating Art for Senior EngAGEment: February 5 Final call for organizations and individual artists wanting to showcase their senior community's interest in the arts. Don't miss out on the chance to have your organization featured to all in St. Louis. Deadline February 5. For more information about Celebrating Art for Senior EngAGEment, THE first area wide festival focused on seniors and the arts. Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and its Muse, 314-420-1444
www.maturityanditsmuse.org

FEBRUARY 12

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Andre’s Banquets & Catering
Pauline’s Place will be having a Pre-Valentine's Day celebration to benefit our seniors. Date: February 12, 2016 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Includes meal, drinks, dancing and attendance prizes. Andre's Banquets & Catering 4254 Telegraph Road St. Louis, Missouri, 63129, call 314-438-7100 for tickets.

Betty Jones, paulinesplaceadcllc@yahoo.com, Pauline's Place Adult Day Care, LLC., 314-438-7100, http://www.paulinesplaceadcllconline.vpweb.com/

 

FEBRUARY 15

2:00 p.m. at Homestead at Hickory View

A Community bingo will be held on February 15th, 2016 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of bingo with a variety of prizes, snacks and beverages. Homestead is sponsoring the bingo this month. Stop in to see all the exciting things going on at The Homestead. Renovation has begun. Please call 636-239-1941 for more information. The Homestead at Hickory View Retirement Community is located at 1481 Marbach Drive, behind the 14th Street Fire Station in Washington. 636-239-1941, fax: 636-239-1821.

Barbara Hellmann, bhellmann@spectrumretirement.com, The Homestead at Hickory View, 636-239-1941, www.homesteadseniorliving.com

 

APRIL 28 – MAY 8

Celebrating Arts for Senior Engagement. Mark your calendars for celebrating Art for Senior Engagement the first area wide festival dedicated to our community’s older adult population. It will showcase and applaud the creative work, expression and achievements of seniors, promote creative aging programs, feature positive images of older adults in the community,and build respect and understanding between generations. Day and evening events for 11 days featuring arts organizations large and small...all putting on special shows for YOU, your residents and friends. You will want to attend all!

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and its Muse, 314-420-1444
www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

TWIN OAKS ESTATE, O’FALLON, MO
On January 21st, Twin Oaks Estate in O’Fallon, Mo. celebrated 35 years of providing housing options for older adults. In 1981, Mary Ann Huber, a registered nurse, and her husband William, converted their home at 707 Emge Road into an assisted living facility. Today that location has expanded to include independent living and the company has expanded to Twin Oaks Senior Living with three campuses in O’Fallon and Wentzville.

Elizabeth Davis, edavis@blacktwigllc.com, Twin Oaks Senior Living, 636-542-5200, twinoaks.me

 

ST. LOUIS HELP

When people learn that the St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) freely loans home health equipment at no cost to anyone who needs home medical devices, they, too, want to help. (http://stlhelp.org). Every year, St. Louis HELP assists more than 5,500 people by providing the home medical equipment they desperately need. Much of that equipment is donated by people to St. Louis HELP because they know it makes a positive difference in other peoples’ lives. “In 2015 we loaned 5,570 health equipment items for free to people suffering from illness, injury or a disability,” she says. “We loaned manual and electric wheelchairs; scooters; walkers, crutches, canes; hospital beds; portable commodes; elevated toilet seats; lift chairs -- and more. “We collect and distribute items throughout the year, and we conduct equipment donation drives twice a year. This totals about 11,000 items of equipment collected annually and stored at our warehouse. We revitalize it all. Good parts of broken equipment are used for repairs. Any broken wooden crutches are recycled. Nothing is wasted.” St. Louis HELP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Jeff Dunlap, jmdpr2@gmail.com, St. Louis HELP, 314-567-4700, http://stlhelp.org

Lectures / Cont. Education

FEBRUARY 1

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Chesterfield OASIS
Costumes by Edith Head, Part II. We will continue an in-depth presentation of the famed Hollywood designer and cover a multitude of unforgettable movies ranging from the mid-1950s until the early 1970s. Monday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fee: $10 Register today 314-862-4859, ext. 24. St. Louis OASIS,
www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl

 

FEBRUARY 4

The Life Review: Discover Your Story. Offering older adults a chance to record life stories to share with future generators. Dr. Tom Meuser, Director of Gerontology, UMSL will discuss the project. Learn how to do your own or a review for others. Rock Road Branch St Louis County Library. Registration required. 314-994-3300. Presented in association with Maturity and Its Muse and UMSL.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and its Muse, 314-420-1444
www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

FEBRUARY 4

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
How does St. Louis measure up when assessing safe, walkable streets, age-friendly housing and transportation options, access to needed services, and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities? You’re invited to hear the results and discussion about how the AARP Livability Index has scored St. Louis, with an emphasis on transportation. Thursday, February 4 from 8:30 a.m. to  11:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Downtown St. Louis. The half-day seminar, "Livability Matters: Transportation Choice and Connections", is co-sponsored by AARP in St. Louis and Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT). Jana Lynott, AARP National Senior Strategic Policy Advisor and Sheila Holm, AARP in St. Louis Community Outreach Director, will introduce the new Livability Index and facilitate the discussion. Discussion panelists include Jim Wild Executive Director of East-West Gateway; Nancy Cross, Vice President of SEIU Local 1; Dennis Lower, President & CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community; and Kimberly Cella, Executive Director of CMT. The seminar is open to the public. For more information, contact CMT at 314.231.7272.

Anita Parran, aparran@aarp.org, AARP in St. Louis, 816- 360-2202, aarp.org/stlouis

 

FEBRUARY 5

8:00 a.m. at Victorian Gardens
Find Out Friday: February 5th at 8:00 a.m. at Victorian Gardens. Carl Hirschman of Caretree.me will present, "Caregiving in a Technology Age." Learn about new technologies that can help in the caregiving process and solve many of the common safety challenges of aging in place. R.S.V.P. by calling 314-966-8077 or email Leckhardt@yourestatematters.com.

Logan Eckhardt, Leckhardt@yourestatematters.com, Amen, Gantner & Capriano - Attorneys at Law, Your Estate Matters, L.L.C., 314-966-8077, www.yourestatematters.com


FEBRUARY 8

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Washington University’s Danforth Campus
The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging will be hosting Thomas Meuser, director of the gerontology graduate program at University of Missouri, St. Louis, to discuss the importance of Life Review. Interviewing of Older Adults: An Intervention Option for Professionals. The event will take place on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Washington University's Danforth Campus, room 276. For more information, please view the link provided. Social Work CEU is available.

Sarah Harty, sharty9@yahoo.com, Washington University in St. Louis, 314-747-9192, https://publichealth.wustl.edu/events/value-of-life-review-interviews-with-clients/

 

FEBRUARY 9

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Post Card Views of St. Louis After World War I with Nini Harris. This program features post card views of St. Louis that reflect the transformation of the City following the first World War and evolving through mid-20th century. Tuesday, February 9, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Fee: $15. Register today 314-862-4859, ext. 24, St. Louis OASIS, www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl

 

FEBRUARY 9

2:00 p.m.
Attention veterans, spouses and families of veterans, you are invited to learn about Veteran's Benefits for Veterans and their spouses.   Come to The Fountains of West County on Tuesday, February 9th, at 2:00 p.m. RSVP- 636-395-0877. Light refreshments will be served. Speaker- Brian Quinn, Quinn Estate & Elder Law LLC Free educational workshop.

Deirdre Cechin, deirdre@eldercareadvisors.org, Elder Care Advisors, 636-395-0877, www.quinnestatelaw.com

 

FEBRUARY 8 TO MARCH 14

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Talented Tenth Women: The Birth of Black Feminist Thought. This program looks at some of the key African American women who captured the essence of black feminist thought. We will look at the lives and writings of five African American women who played a key role in the struggle for black women’s liberation. Monday, February 8 to March 14, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Fee: $60 for 6 sessions. Register today 314-862-4859, ext. 24 St. Louis OASIS, www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl

 

FEBRUARY 16

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Religion, Business and the Common Good: Religion and business can both be criticized for public and private harm. Both, however, can and should play a positive role. This session will review the contribution of both business and religion to the Common Good and propose that they can both be at their best. Monday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fee: $12. Register today 314-862-4859, ext. 24, St. Louis OASIS www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl


FEBRUARY 16

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Louis: Recovering from Adversity. This lecture will be based upon author Carol Shepley’s new book: St. Louis - An Illustrated Timeline: Blues, Baseball, Books, Crooks Civil Rights and the River. Tuesday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fee: $12 Register today 314-862-4859, ext. 24, St. Louis OASIS
www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl

 

FEBRUARY 16

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Missouri Career Center
Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business on February 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Missouri Career Center at 26 North Oaks Plaza, St. Louis, MO, 63121.  You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with
www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missourie.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

FEBRUARY 17

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Missouri Career Center

The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. February 17, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Missouri Career Center at 26 North Oaks Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63121.  Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

FEBRUARY 18

1:30 p.m.-to 3:00 p.m.
The Elder & Disability Advocacy Firm of Christine A. Alsop, LLC, a local elder law and special needs planning firm, will be presenting alongside social worker, Debbie Emmelkamp, of Decision Point Consulting, at Horseman Group this February 18, 2016. This local seminar, The Benefits of Aging, will focus on elder law and special needs planning-related topics, including estate planning, long-term care, Medicaid, VA benefits and special needs trusts. Christine offers a wide-range of solutions for people who are facing crisis and those who wish to avoid crisis through proper planning. She focuses on formulating client-specific plans that are carefully designed to accommodate the many different familial, financial and health-related circumstances and goals of her clients. Christine’s distinctive ability to simplify the complexities of elder law and special needs planning, coupled with her desire to share her intricate knowledge, makes her an extraordinary attorney, litigator, advocate and speaker.

Christine Alsop, wpriebe@alsopelderlaw.com, The Elder & Disability Advocacy Firm of Christine A. Alsop, LLC, 314-644-3200, www.alsopelderlaw.com

 

FEBRUARY 19

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Long Term Care Educators Association will host speaker Rene Kreisel.  Topic discussion: Cultural Competency and Cultural Competency Legislation. Cultural Competency training is designed to address the problem of race and gender-based disparities in medical treatment decisions. Date: Friday, February 19th at Cedars of Town and Country from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  House Bill 1839 requires every licensing board in the state to complete cultural competency training for any person authorized to practice the health care profession. Rene will be speaking on what Cultural Competency is and how to integrate it into Long Term Care.

Libby Powers, libby.powers@amr.net, Long Term Care Educators Association, 314-449-4620, www.ltcea.org

 

MARCH 29

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Charles County Extension

Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business on March 29, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Charles County Extension, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters, MO  63376.  You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

MARCH 30

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Charles County Extension
The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 260 Brown Road, St. Peters, MO  63376. Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with
www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

APRIL 19 TO 22

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
FastTrac New Venture: A five day workshop for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs. Designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development. FastTrac New Venture not only helps you uncover the answers, it also helps you determine the questions to ask. Save time and money by testing the feasibility of your business concept before you launch. More info at
www.fasttrac.org April 18 to 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Fee: $795.00 No COST to dislocated Workers. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov  you could attend this workshop at no cost. Please call 314-657-3768 for details and prerequisite requirements. Where: SLATE American Job Center, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103. Recommended parking: Kiel Center Garage. $1.50 per hour and cash only.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

MAY 18

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall

Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business on May 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall, 1520 Market Street, 3rd floor, St. Louis, MO 63103. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

MAY 19                                    

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall
The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1520 Market Street, 3rd floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103. Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with
www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Health & Wellness

JANUARY 27 TO FEBRUARY 17

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Community Center

Start 2016 off right movin’ and groovin’ to great music while getting a great workout! Come ready to sweat and prepared to leave empowered and feeling strong. Zumba classes on Wednesdays, January 27 to February 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer, Kirkwood 63122. Fee is $20 for four sessions.  Register today 314-862-4859, ext. 24, St. Louis OASIS www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl

 

FEBRUARY 2

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Clayton OASIS Center
Urban Line Dancing Extravaganza Exercise in disguise! Learn fun, easy dance routines to rhythm and blues, hip hop and pop music. Clayton OASIS,
50 Gay Ave., St. Louis, 63105.  Tuesday, February 2, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fee: $10 Register today 314-862-4859, ext. 24 St. Louis OASIS www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl

 

FEBRUARY 5 to March 18

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Kirkwood Community Center

Barre Fitness Class. This energetic core conditioning class uses the ballet barre to increase strength, balance and flexibility. Participants will need to bring a mat and weights. Class is tailored to all fitness levels. Kirkwood OASIS 111 S. Geyer, Kirkwood, 63122. Friday, February 5 to March 18, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fee $46 for 7 sessions. Register today 314-862-4859, ext. 24 St. Louis OASIS www.oasisnet.org/stl.

Christopher Brown, mgholson@oasisnet.org, St. Louis OASIS, 314-862-4859, www.oasisnet.org/stl

 

FEBRUARY 13

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church
Free geriatric screenings on Saturday, February 13, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church, 1260 Hamilton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112 Saint Louis University’s Geriatric Education Center (GEC) and the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter are offering a free Geriatric Screening for anyone age 65 years or older. The Geriatric Screening will include assessment of frailty, nutrition, cognitive function. If you or a family member are interested in participating please send an email to Kathy Leonard at
aging@slu.edu  or telephone 314-977-8848 and include the following information: Individual’s name, Email and/or Mailing Address, Phone Number, Age, Preferred appointment time This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28716 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program for $843,079. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Kathy Leonard, kleona12@slu.edu, Saint Louis University Geriatric Education Center, 314-977-8848, www.aging.slu.edu

 

MARCH 2

6:00 p.m. at Des Peres Hospital
Makoplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing.  You live your life at one speed-Full Out! Don’t let knee pain hold you back. Makoplasty ® robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve knee pain and restore range of motion. This surgery preserves healthy bone and tissue, typically resulting in a shorter hospital stay with a faster recovery time. Learn more at an upcoming seminar. Call 1-888-457-5203 to register. Seminars held in building 2315 Dougherty Ferry Road at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:00 p.m.  Matthew Bradley, MD Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m., Scott Zehnder, MD

Simone Valle, simone.valle@tenethealth.com, Des Peres Hospital, 314-966-9695, www.despereshospital.com

 

SSM HEALTH AT HOME
Heal at home after an injury or illness with SSM Health at Home. Whether you need help managing a chronic health condition or you need rehabilitation after surgery, SSM Health at Home offers a variety of services to help you recover in the comfort of your own home. Our home care services include: skilled nursing care, home health aides and nurse assistants, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical social work, speech-language therapy, nutritional counseling, palliative care, chronic disease and symptom management. Talk to your physician about your home health options.

SSM Health at Home, 800- 265-0100, www.ssmhealthathome.com


TRAIL WALKS
Grab a friend and come out and exercise on the beautiful trails in Chesterfield! Every week, the Senior Walking Club will meet at a new park and walk the trail to see and learn about native trees, plants and wildlife, while getting some great exercise! There will be a representative from the Parks, Recreation & Arts Division, West County Family Y or Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield to guide the walks. Attendance will be taken each week. If you attend all four weeks of walking, you will receive a 10-day pass to the River Walk Club at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center! These passes are only valid for the 2016 season, beginning on June 6. Sponsored by Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield and West County Family Y. April 20 at Central Park Trail, meet at the Central Park Pavilion.  April 27 at Monarch Levee/Railroad Park, meet in the parking lot at the trailhead.  May 4 at Eberwein Park Trail, meet in the parking lot.  May 11 at Riparian Trail, meet at the Central Park Pavilion. May 19 at Monarch Levee Trail, meet at the Athletic Complex trailhead. May 25 at River’s Edge Park, meet on the west end of Taubman Mall.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts, 636-812-9500, www.chesterfield.mo.us
Support & Counseling

FEBRUARY 4 TO DECEMBER 22

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Legal Clinic For Entrepreneurs Aspiring entrepreneurs are often confronted with challenges when launching a startup or developing an existing business. Now, they can seek legal assistance and trim their legal costs by coming to SLATE. Experienced business attorneys, provided through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, offer one-on-one 30-minute sessions for laid off workers at absolutely no charge. Questions that are frequently discussed can include entity formation, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment issues, and customer and supplier contracts, among others. Times: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., every other Thursday.  Dates are: February 4 and 18, March 3, 17, and 31, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, September 1, 5, and 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 24, December 8 and 22, 2016.  Location: SLATE American Job Center, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103.  Space is limited and appointments are necessary. To register, please call 314-657-3768. Recommended parking: Kiel Center Garage, $1.50 per hour and cash only.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net
In Search Of...

SHOE DRIVE

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City of Chesterfield to host Shoe Drive to benefit Shoeman Water a non-profit organization which funds safe water projects all around the world through shoe donations. The City of Chesterfield in partnership with Shoeman Water is helping to provide safe water to people around the world by hosting a shoe drive in 2016. Shoes of any size and in new or gently used condition can be dropped off at various locations listed below. For more information about Shoeman Water, visit www.shoemanwater.org. Donation accepted at City Hall, 690 Chesterfield Pkwy West, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for more info call 636-537-4000. Parks, Recreation & Arts Administration Building, 17891 N Outer 40, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for more info call 636-812-9500. There will also be donation opportunities at local events and recreation facilities. Details will be provided in the event media release or can be found by downloading the Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts free mobile app or visiting our website at www.chesterfield.mo.us.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts, 636-812-9500, www.chesterfield.mo.us 


ARBOR HEALTH
Arbor Health Fund is working to raised funds for a new boiler to serve our veterans.  For the detailed story follow the link.  http://kplr11.com/2016/01/19/assisted-living-center-gets-portable-heaters-until-boiler-is-fixed/

Kendall Brune, kbrune2339@gmail.com, Arbor Health, LLC, 314-240-5613, www.ArborHealthMgmt.com

 

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS
The Heart of Hospice is Volunteers. Share Yourself. Make a Difference. Become a hospice volunteer. Share your passion, time and talent. At Optum Palliative and Hospice Care we are dedicated to compassionate care at the end of life when families need it most. As a valuable part of the Optum team, volunteers provide companionship, caregiver support, administrative assistance, bereavement support and more. Interviews are now being scheduled. Contact Karen Riley, Volunteer Coordinator at 314-592-3670 or email: karen_riley26@optum.com

Karen Riley, karen_riley26@optum.com, Optum Paliative and Hospice Care, (314) 592-3670, www.optum.com

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH SENIORS CONNECTIONS

Senior Connections provides relational volunteers to older adults for one-on-one visits of at least one hour each week for at least a year. The older adults served in this program may reside in a senior living community, an adult day care center, affordable housing or in home served by the LSS Outreach Services. Referrals to Senior Connections are often made by social workers, family members or activities professionals. Volunteers serving with Senior Connections receive training and guidance on how to walk the journey with an aging friend. Finding that their friends also enjoy visiting with pets, some volunteers bring their pet along on visits. More than 100 volunteers of all ages are active in the program and over 120 seniors are being visited in 56 different locations. This opportunity is available in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and Madison County in Illinois. For more information about volunteering or to refer an older adult to be matched with a volunteer, contact Sandra Roeder Singer at 314-446-2526 or Sandra.RoederSinger@LSSLiving.org . The next training is set for Saturday, April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and lunch is included.

Sandra Roeder Singer, sandra.roedersinger@LSSLiving.org, Senior Connections LSS, 314- 446-2526, www.SeniorConnections.info

NATIONAL NEWS
Medical
Flu risk: cover your cough at Superbowl celebrations
2/6/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
Superbowl parties and gatherings can spread influenza, putting the lives of over-65s at risk. Researchers advise party-goers to take extra precautions while celebrating. View More...
Eradicating mitochondria from cells may reverse aging
2/5/2016 9:00:00 AM Aging Research
Scientists found that removing mitochondria from human cells reduced levels of markers linked to cellular aging, proving that mitochondria play a crucial role in the aging process. View More...
Can herpes contribute to cognitive decline?
2/5/2016 8:00:00 AM Aging Research
Chronic viruses - including the herpes simplex virus - are linked to increased risk for cognitive decline in healthy older adults, according to the latest study. View More...
Lifespan in mice increased by clearing out senescent cells
2/5/2016 3:00:00 AM Aging Research
Scientists increase the lifespan of normal mice by as much as 35% by eliminating senescent cells - cells whose ability to replicate is arrested and that accumulate with age. View More...
Potential new approaches to treating eye diseases
2/5/2016 3:00:00 AM Aging Research
Potential new approaches to treating eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are described in a new study, "IL-33 amplifies an innate immune response in the degenerating... View More...
Mature drivers favor checks on over 70s, new study finds
2/5/2016 3:00:00 AM Aging Research
The majority of older drivers are in favour of tighter rules on checking the health and suitability of over-70s to drive - even if those checks could take them off the road themselves - according... View More...
Patients with macular degeneration show improvement with high-dose statin treatment
2/5/2016 2:00:00 AM Aging Research
Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete have conducted a phase I/II clinical trial investigating the efficacy of statins (cholesterol-lowering... View More...
Hair thinning by stem cell loss
2/5/2016 1:00:00 AM Aging Research
Why people lose their locks in old age may be related to the aging of hair follicle stem cells, two new studies suggest. View More...
Financial industry coping with issues of elder exploitation, cognitive decline
2/4/2016 5:00:00 AM Aging Research
Protecting the wealth of older adults should be a high priority for banks, insurance companies, and others, according to the latest edition of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR). View More...
Anxiety disorder 3 times more likely among older adults with COPD
2/4/2016 3:00:00 AM Aging Research
Older adults with COPD who were exposed to parental domestic violence in childhood were 5 times more likely to have generalized anxiety disorder. View More...
Mayo Clinic researchers extend lifespan by as much as 35 percent in mice
2/4/2016 1:00:00 AM Aging Research
Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that senescent cells - cells that no longer divide and accumulate with age - negatively impact health and shorten lifespan by as much as 35 percent in normal... View More...
It's all about the timing: Fetal expression of core clock gene determines lifespan in mice
2/4/2016 1:00:00 AM Aging Research
Abolishing the 24-hour clock by knocking out a key gene during development accelerates aging and shortens lifespan by two thirds in mice, but this effect is absent if the gene deletion is delayed... View More...
ADA presents guidance on managing diabetes in older adults in long-term care facilities
2/3/2016 4:00:00 AM Aging Research
The care of adults over age 65 with type 2 diabetes is a growing concern: the prevalence of diabetes is highest in this age group and is expected to grow as the U.S. View More...
Treatment reverses aging in brains of rats
2/3/2016 1:00:00 AM Aging Research
A compound called ampakine has reversed dendritic retraction in rats' brains, leaving them better able to function cognitively than untreated rats. View More...
Drug prevents key age-related brain change in rats
2/3/2016 1:00:00 AM Aging Research
As brain cells age they lose the fibers that receive neural impulses, a change that may underlie cognitive decline. View More...
Listeria: Hypervirulent strains with cerebral and placental tropism
2/3/2016 1:00:00 AM Aging Research
Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm, CNRS and Paris Descartes - Sorbonne Paris Cité University recently published a large-scale study in Nature Genetics based on almost 7,000 strains of... View More...
Michelangelo created masterpieces despite degenerative arthritis
2/3/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
Analyses of paintings of Michelangelo suggest his hands were affected by degenerative arthritis, but continuing to work may have kept them mobile.  View More...
Benzodiazepines 'do not increase dementia risk'
2/3/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
Past research has linked benzodiazepines - drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia - to increased dementia risk for seniors, but a new study has found no such association. View More...
Alzheimer's: no link to mercury in brain or seafood consumption
2/2/2016 9:00:00 AM Aging Research
In the first study to examine the link between mercury levels in the brain and brain neuropathology, researchers say there is no association between mercury levels and dementia. View More...
For older adults, serious depression symptoms increase risk for stroke and heart disease
2/2/2016 8:00:00 AM Aging Research
Depression and its symptoms increase as people age, and have been linked to heart disease and stroke in both middle-aged and older adults. View More...
You can teach an old dog new tricks - but younger dogs learn faster
2/2/2016 7:00:00 AM Aging Research
Aging affects the cognitive abilities of dogs, as a recent study by the Clever Dog Lab of the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna shows. View More...
Greater weight loss during aging associated with increased risk for mild cognitive impairment
2/1/2016 8:00:00 AM Aging Research
Increasing weight loss per decade as people age from midlife to late life was associated with an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to an article published online by JAMA... View More...
Researchers confirm attitude to aging can have a direct effect on health
2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
Negative attitudes to ageing affect both physical and cognitive health in later years, new research reveals. View More...
Anticholinergics may not be best choice for rehab patients with dementia
1/29/2016 4:00:00 AM Aging Research
During rehabilitation following an acute hospital stay, medications that block neurotransmitters may be overprescribed to older patients suffering from delirium superimposed on dementia, according... View More...
Patients admitted as weekend emergencies significantly older and more disabled
1/29/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
This may help explain seemingly higher death toll for weekend hospital admissions, say researchers. View More...
Aging
Letters to the Editor
2/1/2016 10:00:00 PM NYTimes Aging - News
Readers respond to articles in Science Times. View More...
Study Finds Growing Reason to Be Wary of Some Reflux Drugs
2/1/2016 10:00:00 PM By PAULA SPAN NYTimes Aging - News
Proton pump inhibitor medications are among the most frequently prescribed in the country, but were not intended for long-term use. View More...
Finding a Drug for Healthy Aging
2/1/2016 3:45:12 AM By JANE E. BRODY NYTimes Aging - News
Researchers are seeking drugs that can slow the rate of aging and the development of the debilitating chronic ailments that typically accompany it. View More...
An Online Magazine for Seniors Who Ski
1/30/2016 10:00:00 PM By SHIVANI VORA NYTimes Aging - News
The co-founder of SeniorsSkiing.com on the subject of skiers over 50 and what they should keep in mind before hitting the slopes. View More...
Taiwan: Scores Die as Cold Descends
1/25/2016 10:00:00 PM By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NYTimes Aging - News
Temperatures abruptly plunged to a 16-year low of 39 degrees Fahrenheit in the subtropical capital. View More...
As Population Ages, Where Are the Geriatricians?
1/25/2016 10:00:00 PM By KATIE HAFNER NYTimes Aging - News
Amid a rising tide of older adults, there are fewer specialists to treat them. Most residents would rather do something else. View More...
Older Drivers Hit the Road for Uber and Lyft
1/22/2016 10:00:00 PM By ELIZABETH OLSON NYTimes Aging - News
Seniors are turning to ride-sharing services for the extra income and flexibility they provide, but there are concerns about possible exploitation. View More...
Centenarians Proliferate, and Live Longer
1/20/2016 10:00:00 PM By SABRINA TAVERNISE NYTimes Aging - News
The number of Americans age 100 and older — those born during Woodrow Wilson’s administration and earlier — is up by 44 percent since 2000, federal health officials reported Thursday. View More...
A Queens Nun With a Talent for Begging
1/20/2016 10:00:00 PM By ELI ROSENBERG NYTimes Aging - News
Sister Elisabeth Anne has been visiting the Hunts Point Produce Market for more than 35 years, soliciting donations of food to help the Queen of Peace Residence in Queens. View More...
F.T.C.’s Lumosity Penalty Doesn’t End Brain Training Debate
1/18/2016 10:00:00 PM By PAULA SPAN NYTimes Aging - News
The federal agency said the company couldn’t back up its claims of helping with cognitive impairment, but experts on both sides weighed in. View More...
When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger
2/3/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger
Category: Health News
Created: 2/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/3/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Seniors Need to Take Extra Care in the Cold
1/27/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Seniors Need to Take Extra Care in the Cold
Category: Health News
Created: 1/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/27/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Americans 100 and Older Are Living Even Longer Now
1/22/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Americans 100 and Older Are Living Even Longer Now
Category: Health News
Created: 1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/22/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Frail Seniors Face Increased Death Risk After Surgery, Study Suggests
1/22/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Frail Seniors Face Increased Death Risk After Surgery, Study Suggests
Category: Health News
Created: 1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/22/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Many Older Americans May Get Unneeded Breast, Prostate Cancer Screenings
1/22/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Many Older Americans May Get Unneeded Breast, Prostate Cancer Screenings
Category: Health News
Created: 1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/22/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Anesthesia After 40 Not Linked to Mental Decline Later, Study Finds
1/20/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Anesthesia After 40 Not Linked to Mental Decline Later, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 1/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/20/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Screen Nursing Home Residents for B12 Deficiency: Researchers
1/19/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Screen Nursing Home Residents for B12 Deficiency: Researchers
Category: Health News
Created: 1/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/19/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Low Bicarbonate Levels May Be a Danger for Seniors
1/15/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
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Cognitive Improvement

10 Ways to Boost Your Cognitive Fitness and Longevity

We normally associate the term cognitive development with babies and children. While many adults do not think of developing themselves cognitively, they should do so, particularly since studies show that reduced cognitive function can age us prematurely and reduce life expectancy. It is well known in the medical community that people who have advanced stages of Alzheimer's or dementia do not live as long as those free from these conditions.

You can be many years younger than your chronological age by making certain lifestyle choices, including those that tax or challenge the brain. Research over the past 20 years has shown that certain regions of the adult brain can generate new neurons and new synapses. (Here's one recent study, for example.) In essence, whenever we learn something new, engage in new activities, or even ponder a new concept, the brain will rewire itself in response to these activities. Just like babies, adults can keep growing their brain and protect cognitive functioning as they age.

There are many positive ways to build better cognition and to lessen the chances of developing diminished cognitive ability, dementia, or Alzheimer's later on in life, all of which make us act old and feel old. Here are ten of them.

Exercise to improve cognitive function.
Exercise increases blood flow to the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for memory. One recent study found that the loss of tissue density in the brain was less in those who were aerobically fit, which is another way of saying fit people have better cognitive functioning. Many other studies show that exercise increases one's ability to learn, handle stressful situations, make clear decisions and recall facts and memories.

Watch TV and read "actively."
The difference between watching "The Bachelorette" and watching an educational science show is how active your brain has to be. Watching TV is cognitively enriching when it takes effort to understand what you're watching, or sparks questions, ideas or "aha" moments. The same is true for reading. A celebrity tabloid magazine takes less brain power to flip through than, say, a magazine such as Smithsonian. Develop new connections in your brain by reading something that's instructive instead of merely entertaining. After reading or watching TV, make yourself recall what you just learned. This exercise boosts retention.

Take up a new hobby.
Increase cognitive enrichment by taking on a new active pursuit that requires learning, as opposed to merely attending a baseball game or concert. Some examples include: gardening, antiquing, taking up an instrument, raising chickens, learning a foreign language or selling items on the Internet. Read books, talk to experts, take classes, attend conferences or join organizations related to your hobby. All of this learning activity develops new connections between neurons, which helps offset cell loss due to aging or disease.

Solve all types of puzzles.
Puzzles are an outstanding way to build new connections in the brain. There are many types of puzzles other than crosswords. These include acrostics, cryptograms, syllacrostics and many other word-oriented brain teasers. Some brain teasers don't involve words at all, such as Sudoku. It's particularly good for your brain to seek out a variety. Or start with one type, and as you get better, switch to another type of puzzle. Your brain will be challenged anew with each particular type of puzzle. Switching from a puzzle that's easy to a more difficult or unfamiliar type stimulates new brain activity, or learning, as your brain now has to generate new memories in order to master the new challenge.

Play board games and card games.
Games that involve strategy are excellent for the brain, especially those that involve puzzle solving or new learning of some sort, such as Scrabble, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire -- all available in digital form as well. Chess and checkers are excellent games because almost every game is unique, requiring a different set of strategies each time. Card games can similarly help preserve cognitive functioning because the player continues to perfect the most effective strategies according to the opponent's playing style. You can also play card games with a computer!

Visit museums, zoos, and historical sites.
There are many specialty museums as well as zoos and historical sites that will help you build better cognition. To get the most out of the visit from a cognitive standpoint, don't be a passive visitor. Read the signage next to the exhibits, try to repeat the key information to yourself and then do it again once or twice during or after your visit. Not only will you retain what the exhibits were about, but with some occasional recall attempts, you increase the odds of being able to recall the information months or even years later.

Become a student again.
Many continuing education courses are available that do not require being in a degree program -- you merely sign up for one or two courses whenever you feel like it. Relatively inexpensive courses are available through community colleges. As a student, you will get many chances to learn new things, and most instructors will give you tests that will force you to recall the information learned. Nondegree classes are offered in many areas, from technical subjects to local community history, public speaking, relationships, poetry and other friendly topics.

Attend workshops.
Workshops, conferences, and other gatherings where professionals in their field share their knowledge offer another way to build cognitive function through active learning. While these are commonly offered in a person's profession, you may find many others connected with hobbies and personal interests. One that came across my desk recently, for example, was a workshop on how to trace your family's ancestry. Another was amateur backyard astronomy.

Reduce stress.
People with high amounts of stress are more likely to suffer from cognitive problems than those who are free of stress. While medications can reduce the symptoms of stress, they do not cure the problem or help you understand the root cause of the stress, which is key. Since many meds require ever-increasing dosages to be effective, and many have side-effects, it is important to consider reducing stress in more natural ways, including exercise, naps, individual counseling, meditation, relaxing hobbies, spiritual growth and other means.

Address depression.
Depressed individuals are more likely to suffer from cognitive problems later in life than those who are free of depression. As with stress, many people who are depressed merely run to their family doctor and say, "Can you give me something for being depressed?" and walk away with a prescription. No attempt is made to find out what is causing the depression in the first place, let alone cure it. As with stress, there are ways to bring about a long-lasting solution to depression besides medication, including individual counseling, exercise, spiritual growth, career rejuvenation, goal setting, and other techniques.

Dennis Kravetz is a psychologist, physical fitness buff, business consultant, and writer whose lifelong passion has been to study and research how to extend the human lifespan and improve the quality of one's life with a healthy lifestyle. He's the author of eight books, most recently A Sound Mind in a Sound Body: Live Long, Live Healthy (KAP Books, 2013). Learn more at www.longlife4me.com.

Nutrition

Optimal Diets for Longevity: The Science, Not the Hype

The conversation regarding what constitutes the ideal diet for optimal wellness and longevity is an ongoing and exhausting debate. Experts from each respective dietary camp have a plethora of data pointing to their case for why their particular system is the gold standard. But so far, this ongoing debate has not been productive for the general public. There seems to be more confusion than ever before. Perhaps this is because a one-size-fits-all approach does not work.

On November 16, the Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) at UCSF hosted the leading scientists on diet and longevity to try a new approach. While the traditional format has been a debate-style panel discussing the best diet for health and longevity, COAST sought to identify the common thread between all these different diet styles, and further, to explore the influence lifestyle changes have on longevity.

The discussion kicked off with Dr. Lynda Frassetto, internist and kidney specialist at UCSF Medical Center. Frasetto focused on the benefits of a low-acid diet, consisting of vegetables, some fruits, nuts, and lean meat, as a beneficial solution for people with Type 2 diabetes and for optimal kidney health. She presented her research on the benefit of a low-acid Diet (Paleolithic-like), concluding that even short-term consumption of a Paleolithic-like diet "improves blood pressure and glucose tolerance, decreases insulin secretion, increases insulin sensitivity and improves lipid profiles without weight loss in healthy sedentary humans."

While some may consider the phrase "healthy sedentary human" to be a bit of an oxymoron, the study found significant changes in health markers without the intervention of exercise. During the Q&A period, she acknowledged that the diet she studied in her research on the Paleolithic diet contained no red meat, even though meat features prominently in most Paleolithic diets.

The second presentation was by Dr. Stephen Phinney, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at UC-Davis. Dr. Phinney presented his view on "The Art and Science of Nutritional Ketosis." Phinney defined the meaning of true nutritional ketosis as your body reaching a state of utilizing ketones for fuel in the brain and muscles instead of carbohydrates. This diet trend has become popular with a number of high-performance athletes and ultra-marathon runners who become ketoadaptive and burn ketones as their primary fuel source. Phinney's research on low-carbohydrate living showed that a very-low-carbohydrate diet had two major effects: (1) a reduction in plasma-saturated fatty acids despite a high intake of fat, and (2) a decrease in overall inflammation. According to Phinney, both of these results are beneficial for prevention and reversal of metabolic syndrome.

The third and final speaker was Dr. Dean Ornish, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and clinical professor of medicine at UCSF. Dr. Ornish emphasized "lifestyle changes," including diet, for longevity and disease prevention. The Ornish program emphasizes a plant-based diet high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and very low in animal products and refined carbohydrates. In addition to dietary changes, the program incorporates exercise, stress reduction, mindful eating practices, and community support. Dr. Ornish's Spectrum Diet allows you to personalize a way of eating and living that's just right for you -- rather than a one-size-fits-all.

Dr. Ornish is renowned for the success of his program in reducing not only biomarkers such as cholesterol, but also actual prevention and reversal of heart disease. He also directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may slow, stop or even reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. The Ornish program is the first lifestyle program to be covered by Medicare- - a huge win for the wellness, nutrition, and preventative medicine communites.

In his lecture, Dr. Ornish emphasized the importance of scientific studies that actually measure the degree of heart disease, not just risk factors like cholesterol and blood pressure. He cited a study from the New England Journal of Medicine reporting that mice fed a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet showed significant blockages in their coronary arteries; those fed a typical American diet had moderate blockages in their arteries; and those fed a diet similar to one recommended by Dr. Ornish had essentially clean coronary arteries.

Another interesting point that was made was the notion that how you eat your food is just as important as what food you eat. This practice, often called "mindful eating," focuses on eating with more pleasure, which can result in fewer calories consumed. This is a popular area of study for COAST, with a recent study finding that the more mindfulness around eating increased and stress went down, the greater the decrease in abdominal fat among women.

The takeaway, summarized by Ornish, was that all three speakers agreed that a whole-foods diet low in sugar and refined carbohydrates is optimal. However, Dr. Ornish added that an optimal diet is also rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and soy products in their natural forms. "There are hundreds of thousands of protective substances in these foods -- what you include in your diet is as important as what you exclude," he said.

A special thanks to Dr. Elissa Epel at COAST for bringing these distinguished doctors together. COAST is a multidisciplinary research center whose mission is to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity, to seek and advance knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms by which stress influences obesity, and to develop effective interventions.

Exercise

The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life

Exercise has had a Goldilocks problem, with experts debating just how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount to improve health and longevity. Two new, impressively large-scale studies provide some clarity, suggesting that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is a bit more than many of us currently believe we should get, but less than many of us might expect. The studies also found that prolonged or intense exercise is unlikely to be harmful and could add years to people’s lives.

No one doubts, of course, that any amount of exercise is better than none. Like medicine, exercise is known to reduce risks for many diseases and premature death.

But unlike medicine, exercise does not come with dosing instructions. The current broad guidelines from governmental and health organizations call for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to build and maintain health and fitness.

But whether that amount of exercise represents the least amount that someone should do — the minimum recommended dose — or the ideal amount has not been certain.

Scientists also have not known whether there is a safe upper limit on exercise, beyond which its effects become potentially dangerous; and whether some intensities of exercise are more effective than others at prolonging lives.

So the new studies, both of which were published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine, helpfully tackle those questions.

In the broader of the two studies, researchers with the National Cancer Institute, Harvard University and other institutions gathered and pooled data about people’s exercise habits from six large, ongoing health surveys, winding up with information about more than 661,000 adults, most of them middle-aged.

Using this data, the researchers stratified the adults by their weekly exercise time, from those who did not exercise at all to those who worked out for 10 times the current recommendations or more (meaning that they exercised moderately for 25 hours per week or more).

Then they compared 14 years’ worth of death records for the group.

They found that, unsurprisingly, the people who did not exercise at all were at the highest risk of early death.

But those who exercised a little, not meeting the recommendations but doing something, lowered their risk of premature death by 20 percent.

Those who met the guidelines precisely, completing 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, enjoyed greater longevity benefits and 31 percent less risk of dying during the 14-year period compared with those who never exercised.

The sweet spot for exercise benefits, however, came among those who tripled the recommended level of exercise, working out moderately, mostly by walking, for 450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour per day. Those people were 39 percent less likely to die prematurely than people who never exercised.

At that point, the benefits plateaued, the researchers found, but they never significantly declined. Those few individuals engaging in 10 times or more the recommended exercise dose gained about the same reduction in mortality risk as people who simply met the guidelines. They did not gain significantly more health bang for all of those additional hours spent sweating. But they also did not increase their risk of dying young.

The other new study of exercise and mortality reached a somewhat similar conclusion about intensity. While a few recent studies have intimated that frequent, strenuous exercise might contribute to early mortality, the new study found the reverse.

For this study, Australian researchers closely examined health survey data for more than 200,000 Australian adults, determining how much time each person spent exercising and how much of that exercise qualified as vigorous, such as running instead of walking, or playing competitive singles tennis versus a sociable doubles game.

Then, as with the other study, they checked death statistics. And as in the other study, they found that meeting the exercise guidelines substantially reduced the risk of early death, even if someone’s exercise was moderate, such as walking.

But if someone engaged in even occasional vigorous exercise, he or she gained a small but not unimportant additional reduction in mortality. Those who spent up to 30 percent of their weekly exercise time in vigorous activities were 9 percent less likely to die prematurely than people who exercised for the same amount of time but always moderately, while those who spent more than 30 percent of their exercise time in strenuous activities gained an extra 13 percent reduction in early mortality, compared with people who never broke much of a sweat. The researchers did not note any increase in mortality, even among those few people completing the largest amounts of intense exercise.

Of course, these studies relied on people’s shaky recall of exercise habits and were not randomized experiments, so can’t prove that any exercise dose caused changes in mortality risk, only that exercise and death risks were associated.

Still, the associations were strong and consistent and the takeaway message seems straightforward, according to the researchers.

Anyone who is physically capable of activity should try to “reach at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week and have around 20 to 30 minutes of that be vigorous activity,” says Klaus Gebel, a senior research fellow at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, who led the second study. And a larger dose, for those who are so inclined, does not seem to be unsafe, he said.

By Gretchen Reynolds for The New York Times

Social Engagement

Social Connections Promote Longevity

Previous studies have linked the quality and quantity of a person’s social relationships to mental, as well as, physical health. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, from Brigham Young University (Utah, USA), and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of 148 studies that included data from 308,849 men and women who were followed for more than 7 years.  The team’s analysis determined that individuals with adequate social connections have a 50% greater likelihood of longevity, as compared to those with poor or insufficient social relationships. The researchers note that the overall effect remained consistent across age demographics and health status, suggesting that positive social engagement across the population may be a key to society-wide longevity.

Spirituality / Religion

Longevity and Religion/Spirituality

A rare study--where a group of individuals born in 1920s were followed over several decades looking at their spiritual beliefs--reported that significant increase in spirituality was evident from late middle age (mid-50s to late 60s) to older adulthood (late 60s to mid-70s). This was irrespective of gender. Similar snapshots of people's beliefs have been substantiated by survey research and public opinion polls since the 1930s. The consistent finding is that older means that you are likely to become more religious/spiritual.

Because aging is correlated with spirituality it is not surprising to find that spiritual people are older and that older people are spiritual. Aging is correlated with spirituality. Spirituality does not, by itself, confer increased longevity. Being spiritual or religious is not a good predictor of how old you will live to, although it might tell us how old you are now. This is despite anecdotal “secrets” for longevity that people older than 85 years, gave for their good health and long life, which were "faith in God" and "Christian living." All valid responses but perhaps not accurate in this diverse society of today.

Allison Sullivan from the University of Pennsylvania published a study in 2011 showing that Jews have lower mortality than the rest of the USA. All other religions were comparable or, as with Black Protestants, had a life expectancy as much as five years lower than the average US citizen. So religion by itself is not a good predictor.

Religious affiliation follows other variables. For example, those that reported being Jewish reported lowest prevalence of drinking alcohol, were mainly women (comparable only to Catholics), were nearly exclusively White, and were the richest by a very wide margin. These are all factors that by themselves, regardless of their religious affiliation, promotes higher life expectancy. Religion and spirituality, by themselves, are not very good predictors of long life. Where religion and spirituality show distinct advantage is in coping with imminent death.

In an Australian study, which conducted detailed interviews of older adults in nursing homes and independent living homes, it was reported that religious older adults reframe memories and experiences linked with final meanings, transcend their losses and suffering, reported intimacy with God and others, and found hope. God for them was the ultimate consolidator 

Reporting religious beliefs is also associated with how your caregivers treat you. Nursing assistants who held similar beliefs as their elderly long-term clients, expressed more meaningful connections with them which resulted in better care. Which brings up the issue of what happens when societies are becoming more diverse both in terms of culture and religion and also in term of sexual preferences?

Spirituality does not confer longevity although having meaning in life does--not necessarily spiritual. Especially if you compare people’s religious participation with other older adults participating in other social events, the difference in longevity between religious and non-religious participants disappears. Being religious by itself does not promote longevity, but it might help how you are treated should you lose your independence.

By Mario D. Garrett, PhD

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